Thursday, June 25, 2009

Tweet if you want Microsoft standards compliance

Tweet if you believe in the value of email standards. As TechCrunch reports:

While it is pretty much the standard email client, Microsoft Outlook has long had problems rendering HTML correctly in emails. And the latest version, Outlook 2010, due sometime in the next several months, doesn’t look like it’s going to be any better — and it actually may be worse. And a lot of users aren’t happy about it at all.

A group of people apparently felt strongly enough to create a site called Outlook’s broken — Let’s fix it. The site is simple, it’s a constantly updating stream of users tweeting out their desire for Microsoft to fix this problem with Outlook.

Microsoft has responded, saying basically that Outlook isn’t broken and that, “There is no widely-recognized consensus in the industry about what subset of HTML is appropriate for use in e-mail for interoperability.”

Hmm, I don’t see these types of campaigns against any of the other email clients though. Expect this campaign to continue.
The website has examples of the Outlook 2000 and 2010 display for readers to compare. At the most recent count, this website (an effort of the email standards project) has attracted more than 22,000 supporters.

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